As sunlight streaked across Chautauqua early Saturday morning, the scene was quite different from Chautauquans packing their cars to leave after a week at the Institution, or lazy coffee-accompanied walks around the grounds.
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On Thursday, 15 or so Chautauquans sat on Hale and Judy Oliver’s porch to chat about adoption over red-peppered quiche and coffee.
James Pardo, chairman of the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees, led an open forum on Saturday in the Hall of Christ to update community members on board activity over the last year. He also took it as an opportunity to look toward Chautauqua’s future and receive public feedback about the Institution’s growth and direction.
The Chautauqua Volunteers are the Institution’s welcoming army. They are a merry band of 40 or so Chautauquans who want to share Chautauqua’s community spirit with visitors. Their uniform includes a green apron with pockets jammed with schedules, maps, brochures and a visor with a green-printed “CHQ.” Their mission is graciousness and helpfulness to visitors. Or, as volunteer organizer Bob Reeder said, “We are a human GPS.”
The accuracy of that definition is apparent as a group of volunteers gathered at Logan Hall rattled off the questions they routinely answer as they work the entrance Saturday or in other venues when needed.
Of all 293 students at Chautauqua, 222 receive the support of scholarships from people who see boundless potential in a young artist, who want the arts to continue providing viable careers for people for generations, and who thrive off of the heart they uncover in every art form. In total, that means Chautauqua awards $610,000 of scholarship money to talented young students this year.
Laura Park, a violin student sponsored by Hale and Judy Oliver of Pittsburgh, appreciates the Chautauqua community’s warm embrace.
“I feel that the scholarship that was sponsored by Hale and Judy is extremely important, because it gave me an opportunity to study here — an opportunity that I might not have been able to have,” Park said.